Pep Guardiola says the Manchester United derby is not as important as the Man City Champions League match against Club Brugge

Pep Guardiola has ruled out prioritizing the Manchester derby over tomorrow’s Champions League clash with Club Brugge.

With the Manchester United showdown less than 72 hours after that group match, the Blues boss would normally have to vigorously consider team rotation, especially as tomorrow’s opposition was crushed 5-1 in Belgium last month.

But Guardiola rejected the idea that he would weaken his team to focus on the trip to Old Trafford.

The City manager said: “This match is much more important than the United match. It gives us the chance to take an incredible step forward to qualify for the last 16.

“In the Premier League there are a lot of matches, here only six, now three left. Not much and they are crucial, third and fourth match. The most important matches and we have to take it seriously.”

City have a chance to further damage United’s Premier League title hopes with a win at Old Trafford, and also end four games without a win in a league city.

The Blues also need to come back after losing at home to Crystal Palace last weekend, but Guardiola says he is not worried about his team’s inconsistent results this season.

“You win or lose, but I’m only worried about the way we play,” he said. “The defeat was hard, you know the calendar, how demanding it is.

“What we have done in the last month, we would like to finish this race well after the United game before the international break. Apart from the last 10 to 15 minutes after the rejected goal, we felt it 10 against 11.

“But we know what we will face this season, go ahead and be positive. Tomorrow in this important competition it is the most important match we have.”


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